Self Talk with Rachel Astarte

Self Talk with Rachel Astarte

Self Talk takes a conversational look at how we can show up in the world as our best selves. If you're on a journey to your true self, this is your next stop.


September 26, 2023 35 mins

Esther Kalaba is an art therapist, somatic psychotherapist, known by many as the "breathwork lady." Her signature therapeutic offerings combine movement, art, breathing, and meditation and teach us basic skills in how to be human. She’s the founder of the People of the Prana, an organization that specializes in teaching breathing practices to support emotional and mental wellbeing for everyone.

In this episode, w...

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Nan Krueger is a designer who's passionate about the power of interior design. She never really fit in at school, but her sanctuary during those painful times was the home that her parents lovingly designed. Now her mission is three-fold: to create a sanctuary for every client, make interior design available to more people, and help our planet through sustainable design choices.

In this episode, Nan and I take a close...

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Nyk Danu is an IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) certified Yoga therapist. Her therapeutic specialty is back pain and anxiety relief.

She works with Yoga Misfits, Gen Xers (and sometimes y) who don’t feel at home in mainstream Yoga circles, alternative folks, rebels, underdogs, punx, introverts, geeks, and bookworms.

In this episode, Nyk and I talk about some of the misconceptions about yoga—particularly ...

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Maria Verdicchio is an End-of-Life Designer and Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, providing heart-centered and pragmatic advance-care planning, end-of-life education, and life transition ceremonies.

Maria helps people live fully, now. Gaining clarity about what matters at the end of our life illuminates who and what matters now and helps us be more present and compassionate when caring for others who are ill or dying.


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Susan Bratton, "Intimacy Expert to Millions" is a champion and advocate for all those who desire intimacy and passion their whole life long. She’s created hundreds of techniques that transform “having sex” into making love and is the world’s most well-respected sexual biohacker.

In this episode, we cover a subject many of us deal with in midlife—desire and sexual libido (or lack thereof). Susan offers communicati...

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Shameless Plug Episode: Annual Social Connections Summit 2023

Coach Lee Hopkins is a transgender man who helps people create lasting friendships. After struggling with loneliness most of his life, he's developed various ways to discover himself in it.

Coach Lee returns to Self Talk to update us on the virtual Annual Socal Connections Summit, coming up on August 5 & 6, 2023.

Spoiler: I will be a ...

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Timothy Stuetz has written more children’s stories than anyone currently alive—88 to date with more on the way. Using fairy tales, ancient arts, sacred sciences, and “everything in between,” he empowers people of all ages to develop and use their infinite soul powers to achieve their full potential.

In today's episode, Timothy and I delve into the topic of generational and collective trauma—specifically, how childhoo...

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PTSD comes free with narcissism.
—Nisanka Wickramarachchi

Nisanka Wickramarachi is a trauma-informed life coach and an NLP and EFT practitioner who helps parents co-parent with narcissistic partners or ex-partners so their children are supported and their sanity is preserved.

In this episode, we look at another angle of narcissism within families—being the adult child of a narcissistic parent. Nisanka gives pr...

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Join me in this special, one-hour interview with Abdi Assadi, a remarkable healer and counselor I've had the privilege to know and work with for over a decade.


The whole woke movement is an extension of this culture's narcissism on steroids... Woke is a fortification of the head. Awake is a softening of the ego and an opening of the heart.

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For the first 20 years of his life, Greg Weiting was in debilitating and insufferable chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. He decided that a life of pain was unacceptable and that he had to do whatever it took to heal.

After traveling across the United States in search of a cure, his travels took him to India and Asia, and eventually down to South America to study with the some of world’s greatest teachers and healers. ...

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"If we are courageous enough to let go of our 'personal history' and the identification with our past, we can become a stronger, more fulfilled version of ourselves.”
—Martin Theis

Martin Theis is a spiritual coach and teacher who focuses on mental and emotional well-being through the art of shamanic journeys. His L.I.F.E. system (Learn, Integrate, Fuel, Evolve) has helped his clients achieve a deeper co...

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Jem Fuller has lived a colorful, global life. From barefoot backpacker to
corporate leader, fire-dancer and traditional tattooist, a kindergarten teacher to motorcycle courier, masseuse and reflexology practitioner, to laborer and travel consultant. Now his time is spent as a leadership coach and international retreat leader, dedicated partner and father.

He is the author of the award- winning book, The Art of Consci...

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Art does not want anything else except to be created.
—Michael Magrutsche

Michaell Magrutsche is an Austrian/Californian multidisciplinary artist, creativity-awareness educator, speaker, and author. He works on raising awareness of our limitless human potential and comprehending wisdom. Michaell is also an advocate for helping understand neurodiversity.

In this episode, Michaell and I talk about art as a sepa...

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The only reason we resist other people...comes from a difficulty to be with oneself fully.
—Laure Porché

Laure Porché is an international listener, a weaver of live threads, and a seer of hard truths. She works with family constellations, the inner child, somatic presence, and subconscious excavation to help her clients become fully present to themselves and to their lives.

In this boldly honest interview, Lau...

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Being in solitude is really important because it helps us to gain perspective of what we would like community for ourselves to look like.
—Shana Francesca

Shana Francesca is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur.  As the Founder and Lead Designer at Concinnate, a multi-discipline interior design and life design firm working with clients around the country.

She was born into a difficult family life and refused t...

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Charlene Madden is a Women's Empowerment Coach & Reiki Practitioner who believes everyone has the power to rise from the ashes, just like she has. In this episode, we share thoughts about how—and why—people who have experienced childhood abuse might identify with the term "victim." We'll also speak about Charlene's work to help adult survivors of abuse through trauma by embracing a 3S philosophy of Self...

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Blair Abee is an author, poet, educator, YouTuber, and ordinary mystic. He’s written five bestselling books at Amazon Books on the subjects of meditation, mindfulness, manifestation, and related topics.  Today, we talk about human psychospiritual evolution and our individual contribution to the future of humanity.

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Roxanne Chaput is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roxanne Chaput Limited, she is a “Life+Love” Coach, an Inspirational Speaker, Spiritual Guide, and Energy Healer who guides individuals in transition to create lasting sustainable change in their lives.  Our talk today brings in the important topic of self and the sacred—specifically, making spirituality our own through ritual and practice.

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…he not busy being born is busy dying.
—Bob Dylan, “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”

Ryan Lindner is a personal development specialist who has worked as a behavioral coach for clients and top organizations all over the world. After two sudden, unexplained cardiac arrests at a young age, he began to explore different perspectives with clients that come with any profound, life-changing event. He is the author of The Half-known...

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Coach Lee Hopkins is a transgender man who helps people create lasting friendships. After struggling with loneliness most of his life, he's developed various ways to discover himself in it. In this episode, we talk about being a friend to yourself, specifically moving from loneliness to connectedness without sacrificing your sense of self.

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